ASIAQ field course – cancelled


Update 2021-01-20
Today we decided that under the circumstances we are all still experiencing with the pandemic, the only feasible option concerning the planned ASIAQ course at Tarfala Research station in April 2021 is to cancel it.

The course was announced for early 2020, then postponed to fall 2020, and then to spring 2021. However, it is not realistic to conduct the course on site this spring. We have discussed the possibility of offering a digital course as replacement, but decided against this since we cannot offer the content we would like without the field component.

We have therefore decided to cancel the course without replacement, and trust  you understand.

Stay healthy and safe!

Update 2020-06-24
Due to circumstances caused by the Corona pandemic, we have postponed the course. The new course dates are April 10-18, 2021. We expect that the situation has improved by then, but if not, successful applicants will be informed in due time.

We have also extended the registration date which is now March 8, 2021.

About the course
This course aims to bring young researchers together across disciplines, within the broad domain of Arctic research and research communication, in order to build new networks and develop communications skills. The objectives are both linked to different ongoing Arctic research initiatives such as the Arctic Science IntegrAtion Quest (ASIAQ) Project and Arctic Avenue, and to make a communication effort for the Tarfala Research Station, TRS. The course thus deals with both current Arctic research as well as focuses on learning research communication skills.

NEW Course date
April 10-18, 2021, including travels to/from Stockholm, Sweden.

Tarfala Research Station
Tarfala Research Station is a centre for Arctic alpine research at the Department of Physical Geography at Stockholm University. The station is beautifully situated in Lapland in an Arctic/alpine environment. The research conducted here focuses on glaciology, hydrology, meteorology and climate research. The station is also used as an education platform by universities that wish to combine fieldwork with lectures.

Course content
The course is primarily aimed at young scientist (MSc students, PhD students, Postdocs) in Arctic research and is given in English. This course has a transdisciplinary approach and focuses on both Arctic research and the role of communicating research.

The course involves a set of relevant lectures and tutorials about ongoing Arctic research, TRS and communication techniques. Main emphasis will be placed on group work and a final communication effort/product which is to be produced during the course. The course starts with introductory lectures from different topics. Field work, group discussions and group work will follow.

Practical work
Please note that the field component may involves long hikes and work during sometimes difficult Arctic/alpine weather conditions. Participants are required to bring suitable clothing and shoes for this.

Students are asked to cooperate in small groups (3-4 persons) with different task of interest in the realm of relevant research.

Learning outcomes
The course strives to improve transferable skills such as multidisciplinary approach and collaborative learning.

In the end of the course the student will have

  • increased knowledge of current Arctic research and ongoing Arctic research initiatives
  • knowledge about different communication techniques
  • ability to understand and evaluate communication efforts
  • increased skills to communicate and visualize research

Grants and additional costs
We offer grants which covers the course fee, and parts of the travel. This includes

  • all academic and social program during the course
  • accommodation (shared rooms), food and logistic during the course
  • a return train ticket with the night train from Stockholm train station to Kiruna train station (this is already pre-booked for your convenience)
  • Snowmobile ride to and from Nikkaluokat to TRS

The grant does not cover

  • travel expenses to and from Stockholm train station and bus fare between Kiruna train station and Nikkaluokta
  • personal health and civil liability insurance
  • personal expenses such as drinks, telephone, etc.

Grants will be provided for approximately three young researchers affiliated with the Arctic Avenue programme, and three young researchers from each ASIAQ partner university, i.e. Stockholm University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Umeå University, Northern (Arctic) Federal University, University of New Hampshire and University of Tokyo.

We encourage all participants to take the night train from Stockholm to Kiruna, bus to Nikkalukta and then snowmobile to TRS. t.

The snowmobile ride is 24 kilometers in mountainous terrain and we will arrange drivers for you how are not eligible to drive a snowmobile yourself. You can bring one backpack with personal clothing and items. Sensible hiking shoes are required. Helicopter service from Nikkaluokta to TRS is available, but needs to be paid individually if used.

Maximum number of participants
20 participants

Application and deadline
Please apply here. Deadline for registration is 2021/03/08. Successful applicants will be notified by the mid March 2021.

Financial support is provided through ASIAQ, the Bolin Centre and Arctic Avenue.